Harris, Burnham, and Hughes Named USC Student-Athletes of the Week|
April 22, 2014
LOS ANGELES – USC men’s track & field senior Aleec Harris and the women's sand volleyball duo of senior Kirby Burnham and freshman Sara Hughes were named USC's Student-Athlete's of the Week April 14-20.
USC CREDIT UNION MEN’S STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Prior to his world-leading performance in the men’s 110m HH, Harris began the day with the men's 4x100m relay Invite Elite race. Teaming up with senior Aaron Brown, junior BeeJay Lee and junior Bryan Mercado, the team came out second overall with a time of 39.84. That time was its second-fastest this season and second-fastest since the 2009 season. This weekend, led by Harris, the USC track & field team will compete in the Triton Invitational this week in San Diego, Calif.
Other USC men’s student-athletes nominated this week included: Wyatt Strahan (baseball) for leading his team to a 1-0 victory by throwing his first career complete-game shutout against Arizona, the top hitting team in the Pac-12; and Yannick Hanfmann (tennis) for upsetting the No. 1 player in the nation in singles and beating the No. 58 pair in the nation in doubles to help lead his team to close out their undefeated Pac-12 regular season.
USC CREDIT UNION WOMEN’S STUDENT-ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
On Sunday, Burnham and Hughes marched on with their success as they swept through four matches to win the inaugural Pac-12 Invitational pairs bracket championship. The Trojan tandem took home their fourth tournament pairs title of 2014. Their record on the season now stands at 34-3 and they now have remarkably won their last 26 matches. This week, led by their No.1 pairs team of Burnham and Hughes, the Women of Troy will travel to Tucson, Ariz., to face host Arizona and visitor Boise State in a pair of regular season-ending team duals this Saturday (April 26).
Other USC women’s student-athletes nominated this week included: Alex Moore (lacrosse) for stepping up with 4 goals and 2 assists over the week, including 3 goals and 1 assist in USC's huge upset over No. 13 ranked Stanford over the weekend; and Jessica Davis (track & field) for finishing 3rd in the 200m, 5th in the 100m, and also being a part of the 4x100m team who finished with their best time of the season.
The USC Credit Union Student-Athletes of the Week are voted on by the student assistants and Sports Information Directors of the USC Sports Information Office. Nominations are compiled and distributed for voting by Robby Kolanz. Student assistant voters include Charlotte Adlam, Sarah Bergstrom, Nikki Borchard, Lily Campbell, Constance Hiller, Carlene Jones, Robby Kolanz, Alec Koondel, Aubrey Kragen, Taiu Kunimoto, Janessa Mendence, Tera Novy, and Max Schwartz.